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OFFICERS 


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 


President: JOS. F. WRIGHT, WILL 



VICE-PRESIDENT: W. I. GRIFFITH, WOI 

IOWA STATE ODLLEBE 


of 


FIRST ZONE: DANIEL E. NOBLE, WCAC 

CONNECTICUT AGRICULTURAL CCLLEDE 
STORRS, CONNECTICUT 

Second Zone: g. R. Faint, WJBU 

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY 
LEWISBURB, PENNSYLVANIA 


Secretary-Treasurer 

B. B. BRACKETT, KUSD 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA 
VERMILLION. SOUTH DAKOTA 


Cc>lle.g<a £2y\A Urvivtei^ily 
December 12, 1932 


THIRD ZONE: GARLAND POWELL, WRUF 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 

FOURTH Zone: H. G. INGHAM, KFKU 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS 

Lawrence, Kansas 

FIFTH Zone: H. V. CARPENTER, KWSC 

STATE COLLEGE OF WASHINGTON 
PULLMAN, WASHINGTON 


AT LARGE: R. C. HIGGY, WEAO 

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 


SPECIAL BULLETIN 


TO MEMBERS 
of 

THE ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY BROADCASTING STATIONS 
(and educational officials cooperating with the Association) 


Attached you will find comments supplied the office of the 
Executive Secretary of your Association by Mr, Joe F f Wright, 
Director of Radio Station WILL of the University of Illinois, 
and President of the Association of College and University 
Broadcasting Stations, The comments attached deal with the 
recent meeting of the National Committee on Education by Radio 
in Washington, Mr* Wright, as president of our Association, 
represents our group in these conferences, I feel that the 
entire membership will be glad to read of the developments in 
the conference held some ten days ago, and in order to stimulate 
further reports of this type I will sincerely appreciate your 
dropping a note to Mr. Wright acknowledging receipt of this 
bulletin and supplying this office with a carbon copy of your 
letter so that we may complete our records. 

May I again at this time ask for reports of radio interest from 
any of our station managers or directors as your Association is 
quite anxious to stimulate the exchange of ideas among the various 
groups throughout the United States, 


Sincerely yours, 

C y, 771 

T, M, Beaird, 


Executive Secretary 



A very comprehensive radio survey made among educational institutions 
for the National Committee on Education by Radio, under the direction of the 
Committee’s research diroctor. Dr. Tracy Tyler, has been put into manuscript 
form. The manuscript was gone over by a committee of the Association of Land 
Grant College sand Universities which met in Washington on November 16, and a 
similar group representing the National Association of State Universities, 
which likewise met in Washington on November 18. These committees have ap¬ 
proved the manuscript and have expressed a desire to see the survey printed. 

At a meeting of the National Committee held in 'Washington on November 
18, unanimous approval of -the survey was made and the chairman was authorized 
to proceed with the printing. Dr. William John Cooper, Commissioner of Edu¬ 
cation, has been asked to prepare the preface to the report. 

Almost any question one would care to ask about educational broadcasting can 
be answered as a result of the survey and it will go down as a very important 
historical document in this field. It is evident from a perusal of the report 
that out of it will grow the need of further studies along several lines. This 
will be brought up at a future meeting of the National Committee, 

The National Committee on Education by Radio adopted the following reso¬ 
lution at its November mooting, which facts were givon to the press the fol¬ 
lowing day* 

(1) In view of the reports recently submitted to Congress in response to 
Senate Resolution 129, calling for information regarding certain aspects of 
the radio question, 

(2) In viow of the facts just presented in the report of the survey of radio 
in land-grant colleges and state universities^, 

(3) In view of the discussions attending the re-organization of radio broad¬ 
casting effected in Canada, in 1932, and 

(4) In view of questions raised at the International Radio-telegraph Conference 
at Madrid, 

RESOLVED, that the National Committee on Education by Radio urge upon °ongross 
the need of a general investigation at this time of the whole subject of radio 
broadcasting by a committee of Congress created for "that purpose. 

* * # * 

Armstrong Perry, Manager of the Service Bureau of the National Committee, 
has been at the Madrid Conference since it opened and is sailing for the United 
States, together with Judge Sykes of the Radio Commission, and others of the 
delegation, on November 30, Much of the information gathered during the con¬ 
ference is not for public consumption, but undoubtedly a comprehensive report 
will bo forthcoming in the near future and will be placed in the hands of our 
Association, 


* * * * 

The National Association of College Broadcasters has been asked to do a 
very important piece of work by tho NCER, the matter of which is confidential 
at the present time. The ^resident of -the Association has takon the matter up 
with the other officers and the whole work will, of course, be made public after 
it has been completed. 



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Undoubtedly two or three addresses on the program of the 1933 Radio 
Institution at Ohio State University will be based on the findings embodied 
in the s urvey of Radio Education which was made by Tracy Tyler of NCER, Al¬ 
though a date for this meeting has not been set, it will undoubtedly be much 
earlier than has been the case heretofore - probably in May - and now is a 
good time for all of us to start formulating plans to attend this meeting. 
Remember that if you can tfcako homo only one or two good points your time, energy 
and md'noy have been well spent, 

Carl Menzer of TlilSUI is considering the possibility of constructing a record¬ 
ing ult which ho has successfully developed after five or six years of experimental 
work* Those of us who have heard some of his records feel that they are far 
better than anything available on the market. Love ring Tyson, of the National 
Advisory Council on Radio in Education, has said that he will attempt to fi¬ 
nance the construction of this unit if the cost is not too great, A committee 
of the Educational Broadcasters Association has been considering for three years 
the obtaining of a successful recording unit to be used in a sort of round robin 
fashion,- It would bo sent to one institution where eight or ten hours of pro¬ 
grams - outstanding music and faculty talks - would be recorded, and then the 
machine would be dismantled and sent on to the second institution. In this 
fashion quite an extensive library of recorded programs would be available for 
those stations who cared to used them. Such a plan might prove extremely help¬ 
ful, especially during the summer months for those stations who find it neces¬ 
sary to stay on the air during that period* 

Carl Menzer has also sent copies of blue prints of such a unit to some of 
us with the thought that perhaps each individual station might care to build its 
own outfit so that it would always bo available for recording purposes. The 
whole matter is still hanging fire but rapidly coming to a head, and we hope to 
report some very definite action within the next few weeks, 

* * * * 

Commissioner Lafount is said to have expressed the opinion recently that 
he favors -the increase of power of regional and local stations five fold. Such 
a move would bo a big help to a lot of us* 

* * * * 

Professor Jansky, well known radio engineering authority of Washington, 

£>* C,, made a very interesting talk at the St#- Louis meeting of the National 
Association of Broadcasters in which he upset the argument which has always 
been prevalent in certain circles since the mooting of this organization a year 
ago. At tho previous mooting the report of the engineering committee said, in 
short, that all frequoncies were about on the same level when it came to broad¬ 
cast efficiency. Professor Jansky pointed out very clearly that there is a 
great difference in frequencies and that -the lower frequencies are far better 
than the higher ones. Most any college radio engineer has known for a long 
long time that this was the true picture, 

* * * * 

Tho NAB people discussed at some length the advisability and the possibili*- 
ties of appointing a paid president who would act ^s a czar or dictator of the 
broadcasting Industry, No agreement was reached but it is a safe bet that this 
move will be made as soon as tho industry can see its way clear to finance it.